newbie problem with hard disk space...

Ian Molton spyro at
Tue Jan 28 17:06:47 PST 2003

On Wed, 29 Jan 2003 00:17:49 +0000 (UTC)
marc at (Marc Brekoo) wrote:

> Please note that he has still >160megs of memory free...

Doh. for some reason I thought he had 160*K* free. drat.

> why would a
> box with that kind of free mem go to swap? I guess the box hasn't been
> up long when this command was executed.

Thats what I would assume.

> Mine says:
>              total       used       free     shared    buffers    
>              cached
> Mem:        516212     510468       5744          0       2004    
> 437684-/+ buffers/cache:      70780     445432
> Swap:       690752       4724     686028
> ATM I'm running transcode on a DVD, have X running along with some
> mozilla-screens. Suprises even me it only swaps out about 4 megs :/

Yes, quite curious. I guess your kernel is obviously not keeping pages
read from the DVD... (either that or you're only a few hundred meg
through the transcoding.)

Try loading Quake3. that usually pushes a fair slice of stuff into
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